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The “Crossfire Hurricane” Edition

Impeachment, the DOJ inspector general’s report on the Russia investigation, and the Afghanistan Papers.

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Episode Notes

Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

• Susan Hennessey for Lawfare: “The One Episode From the Mueller Report That Democrats Must Include in Impeachment”

• Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “Two Articles of Impeachment for Trump Are Nowhere Near Enough”

• Mario Loyola for the Atlantic: “Democrats Have Failed to Prove Their Case Against Trump”

• Craig Whitlock for the Washington Post: “At War With the Truth”

• Meghann Myers for Military Times: “Senior Enlisted Leaders React to Afghanistan Papers: ‘I’ve Never Been Lied To’ ”

• David S. Glosser for Politico: “Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.”

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• John: Chris Mooney for the Washington Post: “Greenland’s Ice Losses Have Septupled and Are Now in Line With Its Highest Sea-Level Scenario, Scientists Say”

• Emily: Andrew Cohen for the Marshall Project: “His Appeal in Louisiana Was a Sham Proceeding. But the High Court Won’t Review the Case.”

• David: Anu Partanen and Trevor Corson for the New York Times: “Finland Is a Capitalist Paradise”

• Listener Ben Armstrong: NPR’s Code Switch: “The Reverse Freedom Rides” and Gabrielle Emanuel for WGBH News: “The Long Journey North: The Forgotten Story of the Reverse Freedom Rides of 1962”

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the Trump administration’s incongruous relationship toward Jewish Americans.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says, “Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest.” The Gabfest is hosted by Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz. Listen for the debates, stay for the cocktail chatter.

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  • David Plotz is a host of the Slate Political Gabfest, an editor at large at Business Insider, and the former CEO of Atlas Obscura.

  • Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, the author of Charged and Sticks and Stones, and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

  • John Dickerson is a 60 Minutes correspondent, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.

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